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City of Brighton and Hove

Pleasure gardens an essential part of the life of Georgian resorts but also common in other prosperous towns such as Lewes in East Sussex.

Pleasure gardens were essential recreational facilities in spa and seaside resorts before 1840 but the majority did not last long.

 Most places have two histories, the actual and the mythical. Some myths become so well-established that they overshadow the history of a place.

 Between about 1818 and 1832, the landscape of Brighton underwent a rapid transformation, much of it around the outer edge of the Georgian resort.

 The work for the Victoria County History’s volume on the City of Brighton and Hove has revealed a considerable amount of repair and restoration wo